"(T)he formularies of classical Anglicanism did a better job of retaining the wheat of the orthodox catholicism of the ancient Church while jettisoning the chaff of innovative medieval accretion than did any other segment of the Reformation. This is why Anglicanism can, perhaps uniquely, lay equal claim to the appellations Protestant and Catholic and affirm both without any sense of inconsistency or incoherence. Indeed, strictly speaking, in proper understanding of each term, to truly be one, you must be both." - "Wimsey" aka "Death Bredon"

Layman's Guide to the Thirty-Nine Articles, Fr. Robert Hart, Fr. Luke Wells and Bishop Peter Robinson

The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion

Fr. Hart Essays on Classic Anglicanism

Class Notes and Videos for Inquierers - St. Matthew Anglican Catholic Church

Branch Theory or Branch Fact?:  Catholic Ecumenism and the Elephant in the Room

On the Catholicity of Anglicanism

Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation

The Caroline Divines

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What Was the Oxford Movement?


"What concord is there between the Academy and the Church?" - Tertullian

The Pastorate as the Proper Venue for the Church's Theology

CPT Blogs


Peter Berger: The Vernacularist Illusion

Shawn Tribe: On the Use of a Hieratic Liturgical English

Why Use Archaic Language?

An Appeal for Cranmer's Prayers


"Continuing Anglican" Churches - Arguably the most consistently traditional or "classical" Anglican churches

Continuing Anglican Miscellany

"Anglican Realignment" Churches (ACNA, AMiA, and others) - Conservative but markedly less traditional

Reformed Episcopal Church - Currently part of the Anglican Realignment but much more like the traditional Continuing Anglican bodies


1662 Book of Common Prayer Online

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A Living Text

Alastair's Adversaria

Akenside Press

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American Anglican Council Videos on the 39 Articles


Anglican Bible and Book Society

An Anglican Bookshelf (List of recommended Anglican books)

Anglican Catholic Church

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A BCP Anglican

The Book of Common Prayer (Blog of Photos)

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The Catholic Anglican

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Church Society

Classical Anglicanism:  Essays by Fr. Robert Hart

Cogito, Credo, Petam

Colorado Anglican Society

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The Cure of Souls

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Forward in Christ Magazine

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Francis J. Hall's Theological Outlines

Free Range Anglican

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Jesse Nigro's Thoughts

The Latimer Trust

Martin Thornton

New Goliards

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The North American Anglican

O cuniculi! Ubi lexicon Latinum posui?

The Old High Churchman


Prayer Book Anglican

The Prayer Book Society, USA

Project Canterbury

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Reformed Catholicism

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The Ridley Institute

River Thames Beach Party

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Stand Firm


The Theologian

The World's Ruined


To All The World

Trinity House Blog

United Episcopal Church of North America

Virtue Online



The Babylon Bee

Bad Vestments

The Low Churchman's Guide to the Solemn High Mass

Lutheran Satire


Ponder Anew: Discussions about Worship for Thinking People


Black-Robed Regiment

Cardinal Charles Chaput Reviews "For Greater Glory" (Cristero War)

Cristero War

Benedict Option

Jim Kalb: How Bad Will Things Get?



Christians in the Roman Army: Countering the Pacifist Narrative

Bernard of Clairvaux and the Knights Templar

Gates of Nineveh

Islamophobes (We're in good company)

Jihad Watch

Nineveh Plains Protection Units

Restore Nineveh Now - Nineveh Plains Protection Units

Sons of Liberty International (SOLI)

The Muslim Issue



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Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture

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The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity, (Leon Podles' online book)

Craft Beer


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First Things

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Joffre the Giant: Excursions in Christian Virility

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Tim Holcombe: Anti-State; Pro-Kingdom

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Numavox Records (Music of Kerry Livgen & Co.)

The Pipe Smoker

Red River Orthodox

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Throne, Altar, Liberty

Project Appleseed (Basic Rifle Marksmanship)


What's Wrong With The World: Dispatches From The 10th Crusade



A Defense of the Doctrine of the Eternal Subordination of the Son  (Yes, this is about women's ordination.)

Essays on the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood from the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth

Father is Head at the Table: Male Eucharistic Headship and Primary Spiritual Leadership, Ray Sutton

Homo Hierarchicus and Ecclesial Order, Brian Horne

Let's Stop Making Women Presbyters, J.I. Packer

Liturgy and Interchangeable Sexes, Peter J. Leithart

Priestesses in Plano, Robert Hart

Priestesses in the Church?, C.S. Lewis

Reasons for Questioning Women’s Ordination in the Light of Scripture, Rodney Whitacre

Streams of the River: Articles Outlining the Arguments Against the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood

William Witt's Articles on Women's Ordination (Old Jamestown Church archive)

Women Priests?, Eric Mascall

Women Priests: History & Theology, Patrick Reardon

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                 Theme Music:  Healey Willan - Missa brevis No. 2 in F Minor


Kingdom of Ice

Muscular Christian music, right here.  Christian, Anglo-Saxon sturm und drang.  It's perfect.  I wish all contemporary Christian music was this good.

Thinking about naming the music of my fellow Coloradan David Eugene Edwards and Wovenhand the official music of The Old Jamestown Church blog.

Job 39: 19-25; 40:5.

Did you, O man
Give horse his might?
And did you, O man
Clothe his neck with mane?

He rushes out
To meet the sword
He laughs at fear
And is not dismayed, hey!

Lay hand to mouth
Spoken once
I have no answer
Lay hand to mouth
Spoken twice
I will say no more

In fierceness and rage
He paws at the ground
He smells the battle from afar
He turns not back
From its thunderous sound, hey!

Lay hand to mouth
Spoken once
You have no answer
Lay hand to mouth
Spoken twice
And say no more, hoy!

He stands alight
The flames of a clear eye
We ride from here on
To his kingdom of ice

He stands alight
He stands alight
We ride from here on
To his kingdom of ice


What, Me Worry?

"Extremely Worrying": EU military police carry out civil unrest crisis training.

400 arrested as left-wing protestors clash with far-right in Germany.

Regarding the second article, note one of the chants heard among the leftists: "Keep refugees, drive Nazis away!"   Of course, that is just the sort of irrationalism and irony we've come to expect from the left in Europe and the Anglospgere.  It's irrational because members of the AfD aren't Nazis, and it's ironic given the reality noted by Diana West in her article "Connecting the dots on Islam":

Besides the will to resist, then, we need the knowledge to resist -- the knowledge that there is in the religion of Islam itself the historical, inexorable and driving force behind what the entire non-Muslim world is now experiencing as jihad terror. Whether most Muslims wouldn't hurt a fly is an increasingly irrelevant footnote to the hostile aggression of other Muslims who, in a very short time, have actually transformed civilization as we used to know it.

If the will to resist allows us to manage the threat of violence, the will to connect the dots would compel us to eliminate it. How? By carefully examining and, I would hope, reconsidering and reversing, through foreign, domestic and immigration initiatives, what should now be seen, gimlet-eyed, as the Islamization of the non-Islamic world. Such an assessment, however, is all too vulnerable to catcall-attacks of "bigotry," even "Nazism" -- a deceptively inverted assault given the doctrinal bigotry and similarities to Nazism historically promulgated by the Islamic creed.

"Deceptively inverted assault."  That drescribes the modus operandi of the left pretty well, I think.  Reason No. 2,369 why the liberal-left must be taken down by any means necessary and never allowed to govern again.

This is what's coming in Europe, and, if we don't play our cards right, here in North America as well.  Traditionalist Anglicans know this and have largely found their tongues about it.  The "neocons" in the Anglican Realignment still not only have their heads in the sand, but some of them sound an awful lot like the lefties described in the article. 


Anglicans and Roman Catholics Discuss Recognition of Ministry

This is a hopeful sign, though I have picked up intimations from modern Catholic bishops and scholars hither and yon that they know that Anglican orders are valid Catholic orders.  I'm with Dom Gregory Dix on this one:  there is no need for Anglicans to sweat the orders issue.   What they need to be concerned about is when Catholics don't behave like Catholics, and Anglicans, including purportedly conservative ones, have some serious repenting to do in this regard.  Exhibit A: Women's ordination. 


The West Dies With Its Gods

Yes, it does.  And our God reigns.  Viva Cristo Rey.


The Pacifist Temptation

There have been modern academic pacifists who, selectively citing Scripture, invoke Christ for their cause and depict all the early Christians as pacifists (until the Church supposedly went “bad,” accepting war). But these claims have been repeatedly answered: and theologians and philosophers such as Reinhold Neibuhr and Elizabeth Anscombe have eloquently critiqued pacifist presumptions. . . .

The pacifist temptation has long been rejected by the Catholic Church, for abundantly sound reasons, drawn from Christian teachings on mercy, compassion, the common good, and authentic peace. In a world where Christians are being savagely tortured, crucified and decapitated, the Church should not succumb to that temptation now.

From First Things.


"There Is No Such Thing As A Secular Society"


What the Western Political Elite and the West's Cultured Despisers of Christianity Don't See Coming

Donald Trump and the Ghost of Christopher Lasch

Trump’s expansive narcissism brings to mind the social critic Christopher Lasch’s 1979 landmark study, The Culture of Narcissism, which described the rise of individual self-involvement and politics as celebrity theater. But his 1995 book, The Revolt of the Elites—published the year after he died of cancer at 61—provides the backstory to the class wars underlying this year’s fractious election.

In The Revolt of the Elites Lasch foresaw the disconnect between the nation’s political classes and the governed, as UCLA law professor Stephen Bainbridge has recently observed. America’s elites have devoted so much energy to building their collective moral system that they expect ideological obedience. 

But that "collective moral system" and obedience thereto has come to an end, and as they say, payback is a bitch.  It's not that the liberal-left has angered Middle America; more importantly, their rejection of God has come home to roost.

Psalm 2. Quare fremuerunt gentes?

WHY do the heathen so furiously rage together? * and why do the people imagine a vain thing?
    2 The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together * against the LORD, and against his Anointed:
    3 Let us break their bonds asunder, * and cast away their cords from us.
    4 He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: * the Lord shall have them in derision.
    5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, * and vex them in his sore displeasure:
    6 Yet have I set my King * upon my holy hill of Sion.

  7 I will rehearse the decree; * the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

    8 Desire of me, and I shall give thee the nations1 for thine inheritance, * and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
    9 Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron, * and break them in pieces like a potter's vessel.    10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; * be instructed2, ye that are judges of the earth.

11 Serve the LORD in fear, * and rejoice unto him with reverence.

    12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way, if his wrath be kindled, yea but a little. * Blessed3 are all they that put their trust in him.


Tolkien & Anglo-Saxon England: Protectors of Christendom

From The Imaginative Conservative, which I've just added to my sidebar and from which you will see more here at OJC.

The Christian should embrace and sanctify the most noble virtues to come out of the northern pagan mind: courage and raw will.  “It is the strength of the northern mythological imagination that it faced this problem, put the monsters in the centre, gave them victory but no honour, and found a potent but terrible solution in naked will and courage,” Tolkien wrote. “The northern [imagination] has power, as it were, to revive its spirit even in our own times."  Tolkien thought that a vigorous Christianity needed that northern pagan myth spirit to make it stronger.  The German-Italian theologian Romano Guardini argued along the same lines. . . .

From its original conception as a myth for England, first conceived in muck and blood-filled trenches in northern France, Tolkien’s legendarium grew much larger in scope and significance. The story, especially The Lord of the Rings, became much more than a myth for any one people or any one nation. It, instead, became a myth for the restoration of Christendom itself. The intrepid Anglo-Saxon missionaries, in particular St. Boniface of Crediton, created medieval, Christian Europe by carrying classical and Christian traditions into the heart of pagan, barbarian Europe. St. Boniface converted innumerable barbarians to Christianity, unifying them under Rome. St. Boniface even crowned Pepin, son of Charles Martel, an action that would eventually lead to the papal recognition of Charlemagne as the revived Holy Roman Emperor in 800 a.d.  With the return of the king Aragorn to his rightful throne, Tolkien argued, the “progress of the tales ends in what is far more like the re-establishment of an effective Holy Roman Empire with its seat in Rome."  In his own private writings, Tolkien equated numerous parts of Italy with various geographical aspects of Gondor.  In his diary, for example, Tolkien recorded that with his trip to Italy, he had “come to the head of Christendom: an exile from the borders and far provinces returning home, or at least to the home of his fathers."  In a letter to a friend, Tolkien stated that he had holidayed “in Gondor, or in modern parlance, Venice."  That Tolkien should place a mythologized Italy, and ultimately Rome, at the center of his legendarium is not surprising, as he viewed the Reformation as ultimately responsible for the modern, secularized world.

That Tolkien believed that the Anglo-Saxon world might offer us strength to redeem Christendom, should not surprise us. The hero of The Lord of the Rings, after all, is an Anglo-Saxon farmer turned citizen-warrior. Even as an uneducated gardener, this most loyal of companions recognized hope deep in the heart of Mordor. “Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach."  Like his real counterparts who understood the meaning of the Logos, Sam, too, can comprehend the abstract.

One of the principal criticisms we hear from the neopagans among the European New Right, which is producing some absolutely excellent analytical works re: the debacle that is Europe, is that Christianity is a feminized, flaccid and pacifistic faith that not only quite naturally gave rise to liberalism but sapped the vitality from modern European men.  Ad fontes, they cry, but it is not to our sources that they look.  They look to tradition, but a tradition that antedates ours.  They look to the noble pagans of old.  (Well, we would point out that they weren't so noble, and that the Faith is a needed corrective, but their point is taken.)

I must confess that when we look at ourselves in the mirror there is some justification for this criticism.  And it's not only liberal Protestantism that exhibits this manifest lack of muscular Christianity; as Leon Podles has demonstrated in his work, certain strains of Catholic mysticism are to blame, as are strains of modern Evangelicalism. 

Judging by what I observe in much of Neo-Anglicanism, the feminizing rot has taken told there as well.

It was not so in our history, however.  As Tolkien argued, and as it came out in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Christianity did make peace with the Anglo-Saxon warrior culture.  This culture fed into a European stream and became the basis of chivalry, some notes of C.S. Lewis on which can be read here.   I'm thrilled to see that Tolkien believed that the renewal of such a culture could become the basis of a renewed Christendom.   My belief is that Christians in Europe and the Anglosphere MUST become "men with chests" again, lest the task of saving Western civilization from the depredation of the Islamist/Leftist phalanx passes to the neopagan, and all too often neofascist, movement in Europe and elsewhere that is currently working up an impressive head of steam.


How Orthodox Resistance Fighters Celebrated Easter During the Nazi Occupation

Muscular Christianity. This here is what I'm talkin' about :

How To Celebrate Easter

I got back to the hideout at last on April 16th, which was Orthodox Easter Sunday, the greatest feast of the Greek year . . . there was a paschal lamb roasting whole and a demijohn of wine for us all to celebrate our reunion and Orthodox Easter with a feast and singing and dancing. Scores of hard-boiled eggs dyed red were clashed together like conkers with cries of “Christ is risen!” and “He is risen indeed!” Those left over were propped up in a row and shot down for pistol practice. When all of them were smashed, after every toast, pistol magazines were joyfully emptied into the air in honor of the Resurrection.

Back in my gun rights activism days I learned of the Cretan freedom fighters, men and women, who made the Nazis bleed.  The Orthodox Christians of Crete are some of the baddest asses in the Orthodox world, and Crete today is a gun culture despite its restrictive gun laws.   May their tribe increase.


Deus Vult

H/T Jacob Aitken



Episcopalianizing American Orthodoxy, Round II

Posting this expose from Orthodox blogger Rod Dreher in connection with my final reply to Stefano with respect to the issue of feminism in the Orthodox Church, which can be read at the last comment to this article.  On the Orthodox Church's wishy-washy stance on abortion, see Constantinople's Moral Oversight.

Also, Barbarians Among Us? by Orthodox priest Gregory Jensen.  From that aticle:

On a post on my blog Koinoia ("An Editorial: Orthodoxy & the Public Square"), I wrote that whether or not I like Frank Schaeffer's politics or his moral theology, or whether or not his support of abortion and gay rights are compatible with the tradition of the Church, the reality is that he is well within the mainstream of current Orthodox opinion in America. According to the PEW survey, the majority of Orthodox laity agree that abortion and gay marriage should be legal.  It may surprise you, then, that the problem isn't Schaeffer – it’s us; specifically, it’s the clergy.  For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, we clergy are not effectively communicating the moral tradition of the Church to the laity.  Or, if we are, the laity aren't listening –- which would imply that the clergy are willing to tolerate the laity ignoring the Gospel.

We see the same prevalence of pro-choice, pro-gay marriage positions among Orthodox politicians.  This kind of a consistent pattern of belief does not just happen.  As in the Catholic Church, we see in the Orthodox Church evidence of a significant pastoral failing.  This appears to be more than just a widespread lack of sound moral education for the faithful.  It appears to be an embrace of, or at least resignation to, the influence of secularism in our parishes.

Lutheran blogger Acroamaticus responds to Jensen's article at Orthodoxy in the West: The Eastern-Rite Mainline?.

As I have consistently argued here at OJC, the Orthodox Church may be the least "Episcopalianized" of the three branches of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, but "Episcopalianized" it has become.  Stefano says that the Orthodox Church, the smaller of the Two One True Churches, will surely weather the storm, for it is in fact the One True Church (No.2), against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.

I say pride goeth before the fall.

And that Continuing Anglicanism has left all things Episcopalian behind.


Victimae Paschali Laudes

Victimae paschali laudes
immolent Christiani.

Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
reconciliavit peccatores.

Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus,
regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?

Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:

Angelicos testes,
sudarium, et vestes.

Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet suos [vos] in Galilaeam.


Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.
[Amen.] [Alleluia.]


Let Christians offer sacrificial
praises to the passover victim.

The lamb has redeemed the sheep:
The Innocent Christ has reconciled
the sinners to the Father.

Death and life contended
in a spectacular battle:
the Prince of life, who died,
reigns alive.

Tell us, Mary, what did
you see on the road?

"I saw the tomb of the living Christ
and the glory of his rising,

The angelic witnesses, the
clothes and the shroud."

"Christ my hope is arisen;
into Galilee, he will go before his own."


We know Christ is truly risen from the dead!
To us, victorious King, have mercy!
Amen. [Alleluia.]


Glory to Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!

Anglicanism. Because we have the music.

Seriously, a blessed Eastertide to all, irrespective of your music!

This joyful Easter-tide,
Away with sin and sorrow!
My Love, the Crucified,
Hath sprung to life this morrow.

Had Christ, that once was slain,
Ne'er burst His three day prison,
Our faith had been in vain;
But now hath Christ arisen,
Arisen, arisen, arisen!

My flesh in hope shall rest,
And for a season slumber;
Till trump from east to west,
Shall wake the dead in number.

Had Christ, that once was slain,
Ne'er burst His three day prison,
Our faith had been in vain;
But now hath Christ arisen,
Arisen, arisen, arisen!

Death's flood hath lost his chill,
Since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill
My passing soul deliver.

Had Christ, that once was slain,
Ne'er burst His three day prison,
Our faith had been in vain;
But now hath Christ arisen,
Arisen, arisen, arisen!


I So Resolve

“I die in the holy catholic and apostolic faith, professed by the whole church before the disunion of east and west." - Thomas Ken

Belief Enshrined in Worship, or Why Anglicanism Is Catholic - See more at:

Belief Enshrined in Worship, or Why Anglicanism Is Catholic

A Blessed Easter to All!!  Christ is Risen!!

“I die in the holy catholic and apostolic faith, professed by the whole church before the disunion of east and west. - See more at:

Blogger Matt Walsh: Ethno-theologian

Diversity is a strength, they tell me, but I have seen no evidence to support this doctrine. Diversity of thought might be a strength, but even then it is only a strength if the thought is rational and directed towards truth. The nonsensical thoughts of relativistic nincompoops are not valuable or helpful.

Similarly, racial and cultural diversity does not enrich us if we lose our identity in the process. When you throw a bunch of people with diametrically opposed beliefs and values and priorities into a food processor and hit frappe, you end up with a smoothie that tastes an awful lot like the collapse of western civilization and the rise of barbarians.

It’s Time To Stop Pretending All Religions Are Equal.  This is a must read.  Not only does Walsh deliver a blistering rebuke to the attempt of liberal-leftists to argue for moral parity between Islam and Chrisitianity, he presents a stirring challenge to all non-Christians reading this article to repent and believe the Gospel:

Indeed, the fact that abortion clinics don’t have to be fortified and surrounded by 40 armed guards every hour of the day shows just how incredibly effective Christianity is at preventing its adherents from resorting to violence in its name. So, yes, Christianity can lecture other religions about violence. Christianity is much better at standing against violence. Christianity is much more effective at advancing peace in the world. Christianity is just a better religion. It’s better. In every way. It’s better.

And it’s better not only because far fewer acts of evil are performed in its name, but because many more acts of love and mercy are performed in its name. No other religion sends people out to every decaying and forgotten corner and crevice of this Earth to heal the sick, serve the needy, and minister to the hopeless. No other religion runs nearly as many hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, etc.

If you find a group of foreigners digging a well in Guatemala or handing out mosquito nets in Uganda, they’re probably Christians. On the other hand, if you find a group of foreigners planting explosives in a subway station, they’re probably Muslims.

Christians themselves are flawed, but the faith has had, to put it mildly, an unmistakably positive influence on the world. Right now, as we speak, there are millions upon millions of people across the planet who would not be eating, taking medicine, or sleeping in a warm bed without the concerted efforts of Christians acting at the behest of Scripture. And as a reward, some of them can look forward to being crucified, literally. By Muslims, of course.

Christianity built western civilization. Christianity advanced the doctrine of Natural Law, which serves as the basis for all of our liberties. Christianity defeated slavery and won the fight for civil rights. Christianity had a hand, and sometimes was the only hand, in most every good and decent thing about this world.

Christians are not perfect, but Christianity is. And the more Christian the world is, the better the world is. The less, the worse. That’s how it’s worked for 2,000 years. History has demonstrably proven Christianity to be an objectively necessary and indispensable force for good over and over and over again.

Equivalence? You cannot begin to find one. There are bad Christians and good Muslims, but if Christianity ceased to exist, millions of people would die. If Islam ceased to exist, millions of people wouldn’t. Draw whatever conclusions you want from there, but you cannot conclude that the two are equal.

Christianity, I should note, is also true. It’s the only completely true religion. Other religions have arrived at some truths, but Christianity is truth. And because it stands in the fullness of truth, it is capable of bringing a goodness to the world that Islam and other false religions cannot. Christians, individually, are responsible for plenty of evil, but that evil is a result of their rejection of the truth of Christian doctrine. The more they reject it, the worse they are. The more they accept it, the better. Again, history has demonstrated this. . . .

Whether you believe in Christianity or not, it’s superiority is beyond question. And the fact that it is so superior ought to make you reconsider your decision not to believe it.

By its fruits you shall know it.

We’ve seen the fruits.

The answer is clear.


"Refugees Welcome!"

I wonder now, after Paris, San Bernadino and Brussells (etc., etc., etc.), whether or not certain of my clergy friends in the Realignment who have publicly stated that accepting Muslim refugees is "worth" the risk still think so.


Are There Churches Outside of the Orthodox Church?

Great article by Fr. Aidan (Al) Kimel and video from Sr. Vassa Larin, which I've posted below, on the untenability of the exclusivistic ecclesiological claims made by many in the Orthodox Church.   Greek Orthodox priest and theologian Fr. Emmanuel Clapsis makes a similar argument here.  For similar treatments from a Roman Catholic standpoint, see this article from RC patrologist Fr. William Most, and this one from Daniel P. Moloney.  Here is the draft document to which Sr. Vassa refers.  (The document refers to the Orthodox Church's ongoing involvement in the Ecumenical Movement. Why the Orthodox Church persists in an movement founded and still driven by an increasingly apostate liberal Protestantism is, of course, anyone's guess.)

If this kind of thinking catches on in the Church of Rome and the Orthodox Churches, it would seem that Anglicans, and especially Continuing Anglicans, might find themselves first in line for consideration of some sort of communio in sacris relationship.  I envision this happening firstly and more readily with the Orthodox than the Church of Rome, for all the obvious reasons. 

Communio in sacris relationship, I say, not merger; we Anglicans are Catholics in our own right, and accordingly we need no episcopal oversight from Eastern bishops. 


Meet The Puritans: Puritans, Anglican? (What Is An Anglican?)

Yet more historical revisionism and special pleading from the Church Society crowd.  The fact is, the Church of England was done - DONE - with the Puritans by the Restoration Settlement, and, contra Mr. Gatiss, something called "Anglicanism" did take the place of the kind of theological radicalism that marked the short-lived Commonwealth era.  Reformed theology was no longer dominant and had to settle for "party" status as an established but unpopular theologoumenon in the Church of England.  Hooker and the Caroline Divines, the theologians of Anglicanism's "golden era" of theology, successfully resisted Puritanism and set Anglicanism on a trajectory toward an "Arminian" and patristic understanding of the faith.  The English Reformation did not end in 1552, but 1662, and the Oxford Movement would give fresh impetus to the Church of England's understanding of itself as the Catholic Church in England, and its prayer book as an example of the Benedictine way of prayer.

Fr. Rob Desics of St. Timothy's Church Hemlington nailed it in his response to Gatiss' article:

An interesting piece, but may I offer some comments? It is fair to say that the history of what we now term 'Anglicanism' is very complex, intertwining cultural, political and theological causes and effects. It is also fair to say that the English (or 'Anglican') church predates the Reformation of the 16th century as well as post-dating it. I wonder whether it is too simple a statement to deny that 'Anglicanism' is a via media between Medieval Romanism and more radical expressions of Protestantism (including Geneva). After all, the English church retained many of the received practices and doctrines of the catholic church (such as liturgy, the historic orders of ministry, the Creeds etc.) whilst also embracing the desire to return to a study of Holy Scripture and the Early Fathers.

I would question whether it is true to say that 'Anglicanism' is not Catholicism, after all Cranmer and his fellow reformers were firm in their conviction that they were restoring the English church to a purer form of Catholicism - the Catholicism set forth in the Scriptures and the early councils of the Catholic Church. Those bishops, such as Jewell (and theologians such as Hooker), who followed Cranmer in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, whilst firm in their adherence to the 39 Articles of Religion were clear that the English church was the true Catholic church of this land. This being the case, it is wholly inaccurate to label the view that the Anglican church is a 'church in continuity with the Catholic Church but reformed' to be a 19th century fabrication - a fair reading of the historical sources of the Reformation and immediate post-Reformation periods will not allow us to tale seriously such a polemical and unscholarly sweeping denial.

It is also unfair and historically inaccurate to believe that the Oxford Movement/Tractarian Movement was merely the expression of the whims and fancies of John Henry Newman. What of Keble? What of Pusey? Both these men were key players in the Oxford Movement, and both regarded Newman's secession to Rome as a great betrayal. For these men the Anglican church was the Catholic church in this land, expressed in doctrine of the Book of Common Prayer and the Articles.

Of those Puritans of the 17th Century, may it not be possible that they were not Anglican in any meaningful sense? For some advocated Presbyterianism (as some who claim the name of Anglican do today). Some advocated abolishing the Prayer Book and the Articles (just as some also do today). Then, as now, such persons could not truly be identified as Anglicans in any meaningful sense. After all, Richard Hooker, the great Anglican divine, was critical of puritans who sought to take the English in the direction of Geneva. We must be careful to remember that the peculiarity of the English church owes as much to its political entanglements with the State as it does academic theology.

The popular regard for the Church of England as Protestant owes perhaps more to the political machine which sought to preserve Elizabeth the First from Jesuit assassins than it does to reasoned theology! Anglicanism was certainly not invented in the 19th century, nor was it invented in the 16th century. It is the flowering of a rich, long and complex history of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church in this land. It is the church founded upon the Apostles; the church of Augustine, Anselm, Cranmer, Jewell, Andrewes; and so down to our day. Beware of simplistic polemics!


The Progressive Captivity of Orthodox Churches in America


Continuing Anglican Leaders Set 2017 as Goal for Full Communion

I'm there.  Thanks be to God!

Per ACC priest Fr. Shaughn Casey: "Some nasty comments, of course, from the usual suspects."  So, ignore the comments, and rejoice over this happy development.  Hopefully the momentum here will eventually gather up the remaining Continuing miscellany into one movement marked by communio-in-sacris relationships or mergers and serve as a traditionalist counterweight to the Neo-Anglicans.  Pray that the Reformed Episcopal Church comes aboard.  (The Anglican Catholic Church and the REC are drawing closer, as evidenced by a commitment of certain dioceses in both jurisdictions to attend each other's synods.)   The Anglican Province of America, where I may end up after we move to North Carolina, also has working relationships with the Anglican Church of Nigeria, the REC and ACNA.  Know hope!